(Untitled), 28 Jun 1945
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Letter from Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) to WSC replying to his minute of 21 June asking for a report on the letter of 18 Jun from David Robertson [Conservative MP for Streatham, London] and answering the points raised in Robertson's letter paragraph by paragraph. States that he dealt with the complaint that overseas service is too long in his statement to the House of Commons on 8 June. Refers to statements made to the House by Malcolm McCorquodale [Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Labour] on 31 May. Comments on his plan for short leave from the Mediterranean theatres. Outlines difficulties in the way of immediate large scale releases and comments on problems of transportation. States that, "If MPs would only read their Hansards they would see that in dealing with this problem the War Office has lacked neither imagination nor drive". [Initialled typescript] With further annotation by Grigg, "I could say a good deal more about this extremely silly letter but most of it would be blasphemy! Oddly enough I have not been attacked on this in my own constituency though naturally quite a number of parents & wives have asked me what the prospects of leave for X Y or Z are".
- 28 Jun 1945
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